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Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Although I am not a huge ski fan, I wouldn’t turn down an invitation to visit the 5 star Hôtel Le Strato in Courchevel 1850. Because deep inside, I knew that this would be a dreamlike winter getaway, and that I would need a break from the busy city life. After all, Courchevel is not only for ski lovers…

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

With that in mind, I hopped on a train that December morning, from Paris en route to Gare de Chambéry. From my very first day at Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel, I could recall the warm welcome by the reception. It started with a welcome snack, which was very much needed after a 3 hour train ride. I was also given a tour of the hotel that helped me orientate myself with the premises and felt excited for what was about to happen in the next days.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

On the first day, we visited the village and took photos in front of a huge Christmas tree, then we returned to the hotel to enjoy the heated indoor pool, followed by dinner. The next day, we ventured out to the mountains.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
 

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Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
 

Here are a few of my favourite moments and things

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

If only life could always be like this…unfortunately after 3 nights of staying at Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel 1850, I had to say goodbye and get back to my busy city life again.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

I hope you enjoyed these photos and inspired you to visit this charming property at the foot of the slopes in Courchevel 1850.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

All photos taken by me

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Disclaimer: The Viennese Girl visited Courchevel 1850 in partnership with Atout France and IF Communication.This post may also contain affiliate links. I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links.

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

In this blog post I would like to share a selection of photos that I took during the 5th, 6th and 7th day in Provence, as well as some travel tips that might be useful if you plan to visit this beautiful region in the South of France. Regarding my photos from the first 4 days of the trip, you can see them here and here.

One week in Provence

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
PROVENCE DAY 5

On day 5 in Provence, we swapped our rental car for two electrical bikes and went on a cycling tour on the “Luberon by bike” itinerary for 10/12km. The tour started on a little village called Les Taillades. If you like cycling, as much as I do, then you might consider to add this activity to your list with the things to do in Provence.

From Les Taillades to our final cycling destination, Oppède le Vieux, there are signs that indicate the route everywhere, so no need to worry about getting lost. Simply enjoy the route and make sure to stop repeatedly along the way to take pretty pictures, as the landscape is ideal for that.

En route to Oppède le Vieux, we crossed postcard-worthy villages such as Robion and Maubec where we had numerous photo stops. In Oppède le Vieux, there is a quaint restaurant called “Le Petit Café” with a colourful garden. You might want to stop by for a little break.

One week in Provence

Next stop, according to our schedule, was The Museum of the Lavander. Here we had the chance to learn all about Provence’s symbolic flower and its cultivation and buy all things lavender. I personally loved the lavender tea.
We spent the night in the little hilltop town of Gordes, where we dined and stayed at the hotel Le petit Palais d’Aglaé.

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 

If you are around this area, don’t forget to pay a visit to the medieval Sénanque Abbey.

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

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PROVENCE DAY 6

Day six in Provence began at the Hotel La Mirande in Avignon. We were supposed to do the check in early and head out to visit Les Halles market but I was captured by the interior design of La Mirande that had me taking more pictures than I should. As a result, we ran out of time and since the market is only open until 1.30 pm, we didn’t make it on time. Nevertheless, we pressed on with our schedule.

One week in Provence

PROVENCE DAY 7

In the last day of our Provence trip we crossed the river Rhône and drove to the opposite side to Avignon, to explore another charming medieval little town called Villeneuve les Avignons.

We explored the little town on foot. We visited St-André Abbey and its gardens and the Chartreuse of Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, in warm sunshine. Not so many tourists here. I would rather say, Villeneuve les Avignons is a quiet village. But this tranquillity and calmness was all we needed in our last day in Provence.

Last night in Provence was spent at Hôtel Le Prieuré Baumanière where we enjoyed excellent food and wine that made us feel truly cosseted.

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
Avignon and the French countryside
 

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Avignon and the French countryside
Avignon and the French countryside
 
Avignon and the French countryside
Avignon and the French countryside
 
Things to do in Avignon
  • Visit Palace of the Popes, the biggest gothic palace, home to the Sovereign Pontiffs in the 14th century. Stroll through the 19th century hilltop garden (panoramic view on the old city)
  • Visit Avignon’s bridge from the 13th century, famous fot its song.
  • Take the free shuttle boat at the bottom of Avignon’s bridge. Walk along the chemin de halage on the Barthelasse island (the biggest river island in Europe). Enjoy the view on the bridge and the city.
  • Stroll around the old city: Have a look at the creators event: Printemps des ateliers in the Cloître St Louis hotel.
  • Shopping areas: rue Joseph Vernet (fashion, antics, creators), rue St Agricol, place Crillon, rue des marchands.
Avignon and the French countryside
Avignon and the French countryside
 

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Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

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Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

The first thing that was making me super excited about Paris Fashion Week last March was the Cartier Press Event, and the second thing was the Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris.

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Oh yes, here on The Viennese Girl blog, we die for little glitter and glamour. Why should we hide it anyway? And Paris has a lot of them to offer, that’s why we also go. Why should we hide it anyway?

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And all those things together always remind me the reason why I started this blog: to escape the routine, get access to dreamy places, and do things I’ve never done before.

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

It was raining cats and dogs the moment we stepped in at The Peninsula for our afternoon tea. Perfect timing to be somewhere indoors. Polina and I hunkered down in the armchair and indulged in delicious finger sandwiches and pastries.

While sipping tea and savouring scones served with cream and jams, we took those photos. At the same time, we tried to be as discreet as possible not to disturb other people in Le Lobby, although it was quite difficult to hide our enthusiasm.

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

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Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris

The luxurious setting at Le Lobby, impeccable service, live music of the chamber orchestra, delicious pastries and two glasses of champagne. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Paris.

Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
Afternoon tea at The Peninsula Paris
 

If you happent to be in the city, I would highly recommend you to treat yourself an Afternoon tea at the Peninsula Paris. 

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From Vienna to Paris with Air France

From Vienna to Paris with Air France
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
 

From Vienna to Paris with Air France

It feels like Paris and I have become much closer over the years. Just this past year alone, I have visited the city three times. If you want to see the articles and photos from my previous visits, you can find them here and my photos from my visit during the summer here.

From Vienna to Paris with Air France

I wouldn’t miss out on Fall in Paris. So, right after I came back from Marrakesh, I packed another luggage and left for Paris for one week. In this blog post, I’m publishing some photos of the hotel we stayed in and some from the photography stroll at Jardin du Luxembourg on a Saturday morning, so that you get an idea of how Paris looks like in the Fall.

From Vienna to Paris with Air France
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
 

I have to admit, I was quite lucky with the weather. It rained a little bit during the first two days, but after that the weather was perfect and not cold at all. One trench coat (or something light) was all I needed, and I was off to take some pictures around the city.

From Vienna to Paris with Air France
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
 

From Vienna to Paris with Air France

From Vienna to Paris with Air France
From Vienna to Paris with Air France
 
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from Paris to Vienna with Air France
 
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From Vienna to Paris with Air France

The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria
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There are still things that I haven’t done and places that I haven’t visited in the city, so I hope for one more trip to Paris before this year ends for good.

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The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria
 

Many thanks to Hilton Paris Opera for the great hospitality. We loved our room!

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